Spending a decade in an office setting takes a toll on the body. In addition to the stresses that come with memorizing all the birthdays of management's pets, bodies are affected by sitting in an office chair for hours on end and staring at a computer screen all day. Amber Dagata finally had enough of this harsh environment after 10 years of working as an office manager and bookkeeper. In 2008, she opened a massage studio, Tranquility Therapeutic Massage, to help others combat their work- and life-related tension.
Customizing each session to a client's particular sore spots is just one way Amber and her staff cater to clientele. They also perform massages for the full length of time, without subtracting the time it takes for a client to complete forms or to take off his or her clothes. Their menu of add-ons includes hot stones, which send warmth into aching muscles, and paraffin waxes, which soothe and soften hands and feet.
Equipped with a degree in biology and a passion for beauty, owner Ania Zaroda embarked on a European holiday that led her to redefine her brows with permanent makeup. In awe of the time and money saved thanks to the procedure, she returned home to open Beauty by Ania, a haven for permanent cosmetics, massage, and other spa services. Ania custom blends permanent-makeup pigment, tailoring applications to complement each client's skin and hair tone, and smoothes away dead skin and blemishes with microdermabrasion's safe Natural Diamond crystals so that clients don't have to cuddle up with a belt sander.
Synthetic eyelash extensions that last up to six weeks frame peepers after stints in Beauty by Ania's violet waiting room, decked out with plush, gray chairs. A private treatment room welcomes guests into its beautifying embrace, where glamour packages re-create red-carpet looks before special events or highly talked-about bedtime stories.
The health heads at Zanjabee concern themselves with total wellness, using the teachings of both Western and Eastern medicine to treat bodies, minds, and spirits. The Pranayama workshop, a large communal class accommodating up to 45 people at a time, introduces students to the precepts of the breath-work-based meditation technique.
Treadmills, stationary bikes, weights, stair-climbers—most gyms are packed with equipment just like this. What makes Elite Fitness Center unique is that every membership also comes with a team of certified trainers who help each person get the most out of each workout. To begin, trainers assess personal fitness levels and use that data to apply the best methods for losing weight, improving stamina, and building enough muscle to open any jar. Their customized programs achieve that through cardio and resistance training as well as in-depth nutritional counseling. Elite also hosts kickboxing and karate classes, giving participants several group-oriented approaches to fitness.
It can be tough to find a decent cup of tea when you're climbing in the Himalayas. But Alantra Spa has created the next-best thing by selling teas near its salt room. After a calming session in the salty, mountain-like air—which can help alleviate respiratory and skin problems—guests can take home tea to indulge in a piping mug of mango rose or chocolate chai at home.
The tea is one of the touches that highlights Alantra's holistic view on wellness. The staff aims to lead clients toward both physical and mental serenity, whether they're administering an Aveda facial or leading a guided meditation session. During massages, they can implement deep-tissue techniques for chronic soreness, or use the focused touch of acupressure to realign the body's energy meridians, which can promote healing and recharge the car battery behind your heart. For long-term health and comfort, registered dietitians are also onsite to customize food plans around different lifestyles.
The nationally certified massage therapists of massage ME & bodyworks want to create a place where their clients can escape from the daily grind through massages, facial therapy, and holistic treatments. The therapists are each skilled in multiple modalities (including deep-tissue, hot-stone, and prenatal massage) so they can better personalize each service. They also carry a line of dye-free soy jojoba oil candles that melt into massage oil, which they then use to knead sore muscles or oil squeaky doors. Coupled with facial acupressure, the products used during facial therapy stimulate collagen growth and help encourage lymphatic drainage to smooth out fine lines. Though their entire service menu seeks to bring bodies into balance, specialized holistic treatments, such as reiki and ionic footbaths, address bodily toxins and health concerns more directly.
In addition to welcoming clients into the office, the staff can set up onsite service for offices, spa parties, and tug-of-war tournaments, complete with massage chairs and tables.
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